The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program has awarded a $22,000 contract to R.L. Krompel Construction to remove buildings and coal remnants from the Price City Loadout.

"We've had a lot of problems with that site," said Price Mayor Art Lee. "Besides being an eyesore, it definitely creates health problems from the dust when it is windy and when the three-wheelers go over the site. Nearby residents have health problems that are aggravated by these conditions."The project was scheduled to begin Monday and be completed by late April. The project includes removing 24 structures and 2,000 cubic yards of coal from the site. The site will then be planted with wildflowers.

The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program is administered by the state Division of Oil, Gas and Mining and is funded by a 15-cent-per-ton levy against coal production.